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Congrès Pédiatrie Juin 2019

This year the annual French Pediatric Congress (SFP) will be held in Paris, June 19-21st. If you’re want to see how we can help you facilitate family history recording of data, especially in families with complex relationships or with multiple diseases and/or symptoms, stop by and talk to us!

We’re showing our flagship PedigreeXP solution, but also the full range of GrowthXP solutions for growth monitoring. All available for integration into medical records (EHR)!

Bring new life to your genetic databases with PedigreeXP!

Did you know that PedigreeXP software can automatically generate your family trees from any genetic database?
All PC PAL software are designed to be integrated into electronic medical records. Thus, PedigreeXP software can be configured like an automaton that, when connected to your genetic data, draws your trees automatically and instantly.
Some of our customers have already chosen to use it this way. Their genetic data take on a new dimension: they are immediately viewable in the form of trees, specialists are able to share information and to make accurate diagnoses.
In addition, they benefit from the wide range of features and functionalities of PedigreeXP as any other user.

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American Society of Human Genetics conference in Vancouver – October 18-22, 2016

Meet us at the American Society of Human Genetics conference in Vancouver – October 18-22, 2016 – Booth #1410.

PC PAL at ASHG conference - booth #1410

PC PAL at ASHG conference – booth #1410

Stop by and take a minute to discover PedigreeXP, the #1 pedigree drawing software and get your free trial!
Make the most of this event to meet with our experts. Please contact us or call 00 33 1 69 53 46 20 to plan a meeting ahead.

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User testimonial

Mélanie Bérard – CHU Nord-Laënnec Nantes (University Hospital) France

(EN | FR)

“PedigreeXP is definitely intuitive”

Genetic counselor, Mélanie Bérard works in the Endocrinology Department of the Nord Laënnec Hospital in Nantes, France. She has been involved in the development of a care center for patients affected by familial hypercholesterolemia. Mélanie Bérard uses PedigreeXP daily.

Why did you choose PedigreeXP?

“My job is to screen people affected or at risk when there is a suspicion of family heredity or disposition. Thanks to PedigreeXP graphics engine, I can set accurate status to the members of a family: “Affected”, “Non-affected”, “Not examined”. This helps me visualize the family history and know “where we are” immediately. This way, I know precisely who I have to contact or get in touch with to initiate the cascade screening, or to address them to a doctor who will initiate the medical care.” 

What are the features that you like the most about PedigreeXP?

“PedigreeXP is definitely intuitive. Besides, I like the printing feature that lets the user set pedigrees layout.” Mélanie Bérard also highlights the management of complex pedigrees among PedigreeXP other product benefits.

How to print complex pedigrees

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Mélanie Bérard – CHU Nord Laënnec de Nantes

(EN | FR)

“PedigreeXP est résolumment intuitif”

Conseillère en génétique, Mélanie Bérard travaille au sein du Service d’Endocrinologie du CHU Nord Laënnec de Nantes. Elle s’occupe plus particulièrement de développer un centre dédié à l’hypercholestérolémie familiale. Mélanie Bérard utilise PedigreeXP quotidiennement.

Pourquoi PedigreeXP ?

“Mon travail consiste à dépister les personnes atteintes d’hypercholestérolémie familiale ou qui présentent un risque lorsqu’il y a une suspicion d’hérédité familiale. Grâce au moteur graphique de PedigreeXP qui permet d’attribuer un statut clair aux membres d’une famille -« Atteint », « Non-atteint » « Inconnu » (dans l’application “Affected”, “Non-affected”, “Not examined”) -,  je peux visualiser instantanément l’histoire familiale et faire le point sur « Où en est-on ? ».  De cette façon, je sais exactement quels sont les membres de la famille que je dois informer ou relancer pour qu’ils soient dépistés et/ou adressés à un spécialiste qui débutera une prise en charge médicale».

Quels sont pour vous les bénéfices produit de PedigreeXP ?

“PedigreeXP est sans hésiter intuitif. Par ailleurs, j’aime ses fonctionnalités d’impression qui permettent de personnaliser la mise en page des arbres généalogiques. » Mélanie Bérard souligne également la gestion des familles nombreuses parmi les autres avantages produits de PedigreeXP.

Comment optimiser l’impression d’arbres génétiques complexes

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ESHG 2016 conference

Thanks to all of you who stopped by the PC PAL booth during the ESHG 2016 conference in Barcelona.

It was a real pleasure to see such a great interest in our PedigreeXP software. We wish a good three-month free trial to all of you. You forgot to ask for a free trial? Download it now.

PC PAL booth at ESHG 2016

PC PAL booth at ESHG 2016

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Coefficient of consanguinity automatic calculation

Gain time in drawing and interpreting pedigrees linked to consanguineous marriages. PedigreeXP automatically calculates the coefficient of consanguinity and indicates it with a double-line.

Coefficient of consanguinity is the probability that a pair of alleles belonging to different individuals are the same, given their degree of common ancestry. Oxford Index

The offspring of consanguineous unions may be at increased risk to genetic disorders because of the expression of autosomal recessive gene mutations inherited from a common ancestor. The closer the biological relationship between parents, the greater is the probability that their offspring will inherit identical copies of one or more detrimental recessive mutations.

The coefficient of consanguinity is calculated and analysed to assist health professionals who provide genetic counseling and screening to related couples and their offspring.

It’s important for genetic counselors, geneticists or other health professionals to appropriately document and draw pedigrees of consanguineous marriages if present in the family.


PedigreeXP automatically calculates the coefficient of consanguinity.

PedigreeXP automatically calculates the coefficient of consanguinity.


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User testimonial


Alexander Damette – CHU Besançon (University Hospital) France

(EN | FR)

“PedigreeXP is a time-saving software”

Genetic and onco-genetic counselor, Alexander Damette has been working in genetics for 15 years and for 7 years at the CHU Besançon. He collaborates with a cancer geneticist and a Doctor of Science who tracks people affected by a genetic mutation. He talks about PedigreeXP.

Why PedigreeXP?

“After years of using Cyrillic software, I faced an incompatibility of my Cyrillic files with my computer system. To solve this situation, I started to evaluate different softwares. I finally chose PedigreeXP thanks to which I could keep my precious pedigrees and continue working with all my Cyrillic files. Today, I draw all new pedigrees with PedigreeXP.”

PedigreeXP product benefits

“Fast, intuitive and easy to use, PedigreeXP allows me to design my pedigrees during the consultations.” Furthermore, Mr. Damette highlights an essential quality of the product: the capture and export of BOADICEA data allowing it to simplify the calculation of scores.
Mr. Damette talks about PedigreeXP as a “time-saving software” which he recommends the use.

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Alexandre Damette – CHU de Besançon

(EN | FR)

“PedigreeXP est un logiciel de gain de temps”

Conseiller en génétique exerçant en onco-génétique, M. Alexandre Damette travaille dans la génétique depuis 15 ans, dont 7 ans au CHU de Besançon.
Il collabore avec un médecin onco-généticien et une attachée de recherche clinique qui assure le suivi des personnes porteuses d’une mutation génétique.

Pourquoi PedigreeXP ?

“Après plusieurs années d’utilisation du logiciel Cyrillic, j’ai été confronté à une incompatibilité de mes fichiers Cyrillic avec mon système informatique. Face à l’impossibilité d’ouvrir mes fichiers, j’ai évalué différents logiciels. Mon choix s’est porté sur PedigreeXP qui m’a permis de conserver mes précieux arbres généalogiques et de continuer à travailler avec tous mes fichiers Cyrillic. Aujourd’hui, je dessine tous les nouveaux arbres généalogiques avec PedigreeXP.”

Les bénéfices produit de PedigreeXP

“Rapide, intuitif et simple d’utilisation, PedigreeXP me permet de concevoir mes arbres généalogiques durant les consultations.”
Par ailleurs, M. Damette souligne un bénéfice produit primordial : la saisie et l’export des données BOADICEA qui lui permettent de simplifier le calcul des scores.
M. Damette parle de PedigreeXP comme “d’un logiciel de gain de temps” dont il recommande l’utilisation.

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Integrate pedigrees into your medical information systems using PedigreeXP

(EN | FR)

PC PAL applications are designed for integration in various IT environments. PedigreeXP is no exception to the rule, whether the integration is in hospital information systems or in specific medical systems. The object implementation approach makes PedigreeXP unique and gives its users high implementation flexibility.

We must not forget that the design or modification of a pedigree is an action that must be performed as efficiently as possible. PedigreeXP favors the design and customization of the pedigrees, as well as their management and graphic restitution, while allowing interfacing with other systems. The very accomplished pedigree design and the high integration capability of PedigreeXP make it the best design software in its class.

PedigreeXP exists in different versions to best meet the different use cases encountered in hospitals.

The professional version allows, with some settings, to automate a direct link with the patient record. PedigreeXP is launched from the patient record, the pedigree is designed and updated with PedigreeXP and directly saved into the patient record. In this version, data can be directly visualized and entered in third-party databases.

The component version allows pedigree visualization in other applications. This is a different approach which emphasizes on data retrieval and on control of access to data. This version is fully compatible with Windows or web applications, PedigreeXP is embedded and driven by other applications.

– Association of pedigrees in patient records
– Saving pedigrees directly into patient records
– Integration in specific medical systems
– Drawing and restitution of pedigrees from a database (genetic or others)
– Import and export data in standard formats
– Drawing and visual rendering of pedigrees in web pages or Windows applications
– Rendering of pedigrees following an external input (eg: web forms)

The standalone version, available online, provides individual users total autonomy in the design and management of their pedigrees. The pedigrees are saved in the native format of the software and shared in PDF format. Pedigrees are manually added in patient records.

These different versions offer a wide variety of integration scenarios to best meet the needs of our customers and software vendors. Use cases are numerous, the list above gives you an overview, I hope it will give you ideas for your projects.

Director of Sales and Marketing

PedigreeXP, vos arbres généalogiques intégrés dans vos systèmes d’informations hospitaliers

(EN | FR)

Les logiciels de la société PC PAL sont conçus pour être intégrés dans des environnements informatiques variés. PedigreeXP ne déroge pas à la règle, qu’il s’agisse de systèmes d’informations hospitaliers ou systèmes médicaux spécifiques. L’approche objet mise en œuvre dans PedigreeXP le rend unique et procure à ses usagers une grande latitude de mise en œuvre.

La conception ou la modification d’un arbre est une action qui doit être réalisée le plus efficacement possible. Le logiciel PedigreeXP privilégie la conception, la personnalisation des arbres, leur gestion et leur restitution graphique, tout en permettant l’interfaçage avec d’autres systèmes. La conception d’arbres très aboutie et l’importante capacité d’intégration font de PedigreeXP le meilleur outil de conception dans sa catégorie.

Le logiciel PedigreeXP existe dans différentes versions pour répondre au mieux aux différents cas d’utilisation rencontrés dans les institutions hospitalières et médicales.

La version professionnelle, permet avec quelques paramétrages, d’automatiser un lien direct avec le dossier patient. PedigreeXP est lancé depuis le dossier patient, l’arbre est conçu et mis à jour depuis PedigreeXP puis sauvegardé directement dans le dossier patient. Cette version permet également de lire et d’écrire directement les données de l’arbre dans une base de données tierce.

La version composant permet de visionner des arbres dans une autre application. Cette version procure une approche différente, privilégiant la consultation et le contrôle de l’accès à l’information. Elle fonctionne aussi bien avec des applications web que Windows, PedigreeXP est alors embarqué et piloté par d’autres applications.

– Association d’arbres aux dossiers patients
– Sauvegarde d’arbres directement dans les dossiers patients
– Intégration dans des systèmes informatiques spécifiques
– Dessin et restitution d’arbres à partir d’une base de données (génétique ou non)
– Import et export de données dans des formats standards
– Dessin et restitution d’arbres sous forme visuelle dans des pages web ou des applications
– Restitution d’arbres suite à une saisie externe (ex : formulaires web)

La version autonome de PedigreeXP, accessible en ligne, propose aux utilisateurs individuels une totale autonomie dans la conception et la gestion de leurs arbres. Les arbres sont sauvegardés dans le format natif du logiciel, les échanges en format PDF. Les arbres sont associés manuellement dans les dossiers patients.

Ces différentes versions autorisent des scenarii d’intégration d’une grande variété permettant de répondre au mieux aux attentes de nos clients et partenaires éditeurs de logiciels. Les cas d’utilisation sont nombreux, l’encadré ci-dessus vous en donne un aperçu qui, je l’espère, vous donnera des idées pour vos projets.

Director of Sales and Marketing

How to print complex pedigrees with PedigreeXP

When you have to deal with complex pedigrees, printing can become as complex as the family but not with PedigreeXP! Thanks to a smart printing engine, printing is easy and customizable.

To customize the printing area, right click on the Pedigree drawing and choose “Set print area”.

Print a complex pedigree with PedigreeXP - Set printing area

Print a complex pedigree with PedigreeXP – Set printing area

What you can customize:

  • Divide the pedigree into several pages and change their size. You can move the print area by dragging the horizontal or vertical lines with the mouse. Moving the print area increases or decreases the amount of pages to be printed.
  • Choose the page layout: you can set whether you want to perform the printing in landscape or portrait mode by clicking on the arrow (displayed in the middle of each page).
  • Select only the pages you want to print: with complex and large pedigrees there might be parts of the drawing that are unnecessary to print. To deselect pages, untick the box in the middle of the page that should not be printed. The page will turn grey.
Print a complex pedigree with PedigreeXP - Customize your printing

Print a complex pedigree with PedigreeXP – Customize your printing

When you are satisfied with your print layout, click on the print icon in the upper left navigation section, a print preview opens and a toolbar enables you to:

Print a complex pedigree with PedigreeXP - Printing toolbar

Print a complex pedigree with PedigreeXP – Printing toolbar

  • Zoom to page width or height
  • Flip through the pages to make sure you are satisfied with their layout.
  • Click on the print icon from the toolbar to print

In addition:

  • Export the pedigree as PDF
  • Copy the pedigree to Clipboard as an image
  • Copy the pedigree data to Clipboard

To print simpler pedigrees, it is possible to print directly from the navigation window (top left corner) or from the properties panel. PedigreeXP will optimize the printing layout of your pedigree drawing and print all pages directly.

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How to automatically detect carrier females of X-linked condition with PedigreeXP?

With PedigreeXP, detect at a glance the X-linked disease carrier females. Refine the diagnosis to inform the family about the risks for their descendants.

PedigreeXP has a feature for automatic detection of carrier females when the X-rules setting is applied. The feature can be switched on in the properties panel: Apply X rules.

PedigreeXP - Properties panel with X-rules setting applied.

PedigreeXP – Properties panel with X-rules setting applied.


X-linked recessive traits are not clinically manifested when there is a normal copy of the gene. The X-chromosome is always transmitted from an affected father to his daughter and PedigreeXP can therefore help the users by automatically marking them as carriers.

PedigreeXP - Affected Father, daughters will automatically be detected as carriers.

PedigreeXP – Affected Father, daughters will automatically be detected as carriers.


A carrier mother who has a mutation in a gene on the X chromosome can transmit the X chromosome with this mutation to her children. PedigreeXP will help the user by applying a suspicion to the children until more information can be entered.

PedigreeXP - Carrier mother with three children.

PedigreeXP – Carrier mother with three children.


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